Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 28th 2013 Contents LONDON---Serena Williams easily
sidestepped the wave of upsets at
Wimbledon, although she still finds
herself in an unusual position at
the All England Club.
The five-time champion beat Car-
oline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday,
avoiding the sort of early exit that
has sent many top players tumbling
from the tournament. Next up for
the 31-year-old Williams is Japan s
Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42
became the oldest woman to reach
the third round at Wimbledon in the
Date-Krumm beat Alexandra
Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to
advance this far at Wimbledon for
the first time since 1996, when she
went to the semifinals.
Date-Krumm is the second-oldest
woman to have won a match at
Wimbledon after Martina Navratilo-
va, who was 47 when she reached
the second round in 2004. She took
a 12-year break from tennis before
returning in 2008.
Age certainly doesn t seem to be
slowing her down. A day after Roger
Federer led the list of big names to
go out in the second round, the
top-ranked Williams never looked
in danger against Garcia, the 100th-
ranked French qualifier.
Williams broke twice in each set
to extend her career-best winning
streak to 33 matches as she aims for
a sixth Wimbledon title. Her two
main rivals, Maria Sharapova and
Victoria Azarenka, were eliminated
The 19-year-old Garcia is seen as
a potential future star, with a game
especially suited for grass. But she
couldn t force a single break point
against the American s strong serve
on Court 1, having also lost to
Williams in the second round of the
French Open last month.
After that wild Wednesday, with
seven players retiring or withdrawing
with injuries, a sense of normalcy
returned to the All England Club.
There was not an upset to be seen,
only the familiar sight of rain covers
being pulled out over the courts.
After three days of dry weather,
showers forced the first delay in play
this week, with the retractable roof
being closed over Centre Court. That
couldn t stop last year s runner-up
Agnieszka Radwanska from returning
about 30 minutes later to wrap up
a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mathilde Johans-
son of France under the roof.
In the men s draw, seventh-seeded
Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Juan Mar-
tin del Potro both advanced in
straight sets. Berdych, the 2010 run-
ner-up, beat Daniel Brands of Ger-
many 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-2, while del
Potro rallied from a break down in
the second set to oust Jesse Levine
of Canada 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Later in the day, top-ranked Novak
Djokovic was to play Bobby Reynolds
of the United States. Sixth-seeded
Li Na of China looked in trouble for
a while before overcoming a poor
second set to beat Simona Halep of
Romania 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. Halep s lower
back was treated after the first set,
but she still dominated the second.
Li, the former French Open champ,
found her stride again in the third.
Other seeded players to win
included No. 11 Roberta Vinci and
No. 14 Samantha Stosur. Bernard
Tomic of Australia beat James Blake
of the US 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Tomic s
father and coach, John Tomic, has
been barred from tournaments after
allegedly assaulting his son s hitting
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Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
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Know the location of the main elec-
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valves in your home and ensure you
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them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
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Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
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Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
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Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
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ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
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Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
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Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
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stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
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Serena wins, avoids Wimbledon upset wave
Serena Williams of the United States returns to Caroline Garcia of France
during their Women's second round singles match at the All England Lawn
Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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